Gaeltacht Mary is crowned the 2016 Mary from Dungloe

Glittering ceremony brings curtain down on festival

Gaeltacht Mary is crowned the 2016 Mary from Dungloe

In a glittering ceremony which was broadcast live to locations as distant as Dubai and Perth by IRISH TV on Sky the Gaeltacht Mary, Eva Ní Dhoibhlinn, was crowned the 2016 Mary from Dungloe last night.

Such was the popularity of the show presented by Malachi Cush that it actually trended on Twitter and had reached the top spot just prior to the announcement of the new Mary.

Eva was a most popular choice. A beautiful looking young woman, Eva has a great personality and an extremely talented musician with Crannóg, a traditional group that performs trí mheain na Gaelige.

With her command of the Irish language, there is no doubt that she will prove a great ambassador, not only for Donegal but for Ireland.

The festival, which celebrates it's 50th birthday next year, attracted thousands of visitors to the capital of the Rosses this year with the King of the Roses Daniel O’Donnell making himself available to the voluntary committee almost 24/7.

Pictured above - The newly crowned Mary from Dungloe 2016 Eva Ní Dhoiblinn is congratulated late on Sunday night by Daniel O'Donnell and Malachi Cush from Irish TV. Photo; Matt Britton.